Lions Get Big Talents in DE Hutchinson, WR Williams in First Round

Lions Get Big Talents in DE Hutchinson, WR Williams in First Round
By Lou Monaco
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

It’s Year 2 of the Detroit Lions’ rebuilding process and those involved in Michigan sports betting are keeping an eye on how second-year coach Dan Campbell and quarterback Jared Goff handle the new foundation.

The Lions (3-13) had eight overall selections in last week’s NFL Draft with two first-rounders, a second-rounder and a third-rounder. Detroit had the second overall pick and chose Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson, the runner-up in the Heisman Trophy voting. He will remain close to his university, just 42 miles away, and to his high school, Dearborn (Mich.) Divine Child, just a mere nine miles in distance.

Hutchinson, who should provide an instant pass rush threat for the Lions, set Michigan’s record for sacks in a single season in 2021 with 14. That broke the record set by his father, Chris, who had 11 in 1992.

Lions History with DEs in First Round

Hutchinson became the sixth defensive end ever to be selected by the Lions in their history, with the last being Ezekiel Ansah in 2013 as the fifth overall pick. Other picks included: three-time Pro Bowler Robert Porcher in 1992, Reggie Rogers (1987), Ernie Price (1973) and four-time Pro Bowler Bill Glass (1957).

NameYearPick No.Pro Bowls
Ezekiel Ansah201351
Rober Porcher1992263
Reggie Rogers198770
Ernie Price1993170
Bill Glass1957124

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Lions History with WRs in First Round

With the 12th overall pick, the Lions selected Alabama wide receiver Jameson Williams. He should provide Goff with added firepower and much-needed speed to the outside.

The Lions traded up for the Williams pick with the Minnesota Vikings, sending picks Nos. 32, 34 and 66. The Lions also received No. 46 from the Vikings and selected another defensive end in the second round, Kentucky’s Josh Paschal. 

Williams, who is recovering from a torn left ACL suffered in January, had 1,572 receiving yards in 2021, which was fifth in the FBS as well as the third-most in a season in Alabama history. 

Williams became the ninth wide receiver ever chosen in the first round by the Lions, including six-time Pro Bowler and Hall of Famer Calvin Johnson in 2007. Other wideouts taken by the Lions: Mike Williams (2005), Roy Williams (2004), Charles Rogers (2003), Johnnie Morton (1994), four-time Pro Bowler Herman Moore (1991), Mark Nichols (1981) and Earl McCullouch (1968). 

NameYearPick No.Pro Bowls
Calvin Johnson200726
Mike Williams2005100
Roy Williams200471
Charles Rogers200320
Johnnie Morton1994210
Herman Moore1991104
Mark Nichols1981160
Earl McCullouch1968240

Who The Detroit Lions Took In the NFL Draft

In addition to the first-round picks, the Lions made six other picks, five of which were used on defense. The lone offensive player (along with first-rounder Williams) was tight end James Mitchell of Virginia Teach in Round 5.

  • Round 1 (2nd overall): Aidan Hutchinson (Michigan DE)
  • Round 1 (12th overall): Jameson Williams (Alabama WR)
  • Round 2 (46th overall): Josh Paschal (Kentucky DE)
  • Round 3 (97th overall): Kerby Joseph (Illinois DB)
  • Round 5 (177th overall): James Mitchell (Virginia Tech TE)
  • Round 6 (188th overall): Malcolm Rodriguez (Oklahoma State LB)
  • Round 6 (217th overall): James Houston (Jackson State LB)
  • Round 7 (237th overall): Chase Lucas (Arizona State DB)

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Rebuilding Lions Have Very Long Super Bowl Odds

With the Lions continuing their rebuilding process and strengthening some key positions on their team during the NFL Draft, Super Bowl dreams are still a long way off.

According to Draft Kings, the Lions are +15000 to win the Super Bowl, which ties them for next to last with the Atlanta Falcons and New York Jets. Only the Houston Texans have longer odds.

The Lions also are +7000 in NFL betting to win the NFC and +1200 to capture the NFC North, per DraftKings.

BetMGM had the same Super Bowl odds but better odds to win the NFC at +6600.

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Here are the odds for the 10 top teams and the Lions:

TeamSuper Bowl oddsConf. title oddsDivision odds
Buffalo Bills+650 +330 -175
Tampa Bay Buccaneers+700 +350 - 280
Los Angeles Rams+1000 +450 +125
Green Bay Packers+1000 +500 -175
Kansas City Chiefs+1000 +550 +160
San Francisco 49ers+1400 +700 +205
Los Angeles Chargers+1600 +850 +250
Denver Broncos+1600 +850 +250
Dallas Cowboys+1700 +750 -110
Cleveland Browns+1700 +900 +175
T29 Detroit Lions+15000 +7000 +1200



Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media ( in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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